Shell is now primarily producing gas from its Pierce oilfield in the central North Sea, following the commissioning of a pipeline link-up to the market, it said April 18. The redevelopment is consistent with the government’s North Sea Transition Deal and Shell’s Powering Progress strategy, it said.
Substantial modifications were made to the Bluewater Energy-operated Haewene Brim floating production, storage and offloading vessel meaning that the gas can be produced for delivery to St Fergus rather than be reinjected.
The investment decision was taken in 2019 and the field is now increasing locally produced gas just when it is needed for the UK’s energy security, Shell said.
Peak production is expected to reach 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent/day, which is more than twice what it was. Shell’s partner is Ithaca, which has the other 7.48%.